The Buffalos Roam: Honeymoon in Maui

As I mentioned here, the Buffalos were graciously gifted a honeymoon in Maui! We set off the morning after the wedding, and because of the distance from our wedding venue, we needed to leave by 9:30am. Now, on a normal day, 9:30am is not that early. And since I’m pregnant, I wake up pretty early (since i go to bed relatively early), BUT we were responsible for clean-up. And I’m a control freak. SO, despite all the trust I have in my friends and family, I was more than a little nervous about not being able to supervise help the clean-up process.

Since our flight left San Diego in the early afternoon, even with the time change we didn’t arrive in Hawaii until nearly sundown, and by the time we got to our condo it was already dark! We dropped off our bags and headed in search of food since we hadn’t eaten since the beginning of the plane ride, and let’s face it, the food on planes isn’t exactly gourmet. We found an AWESOME little Italian place (which I will review in my separate, and VERY necessary post on the AMAZING restaurants in Maui).

The next morning Mr. B and I were ready to kick off our Hawaiian adventures around the island including sightseeing, a little bit of snorkeling (much to my dismay), a lot of shopping (to Mr. B’s dismay) and lots and lots of food. But before we could set off, Mr. B had to take in the amazing early morning view from our lanai.

Mr. B enjoying the early morning view! He loved being that close to the beach!

Hive, I can’t wait to share the rest of our Hawaiian adventures with you! Stay tuned for more posts about our fun in the sun as The Buffalos roam Maui!

Did you leave for you honeymoon immediately after your wedding? Or did you give yourselves a couple of days to recuperate?

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Busy Bee

Hive! I cannot believe it has been over a week since my last post. But in all truth it has been a BUSY couple weeks in the Buffalo world. Two weekends ago MOH S got married! As her MOH, the days leading up to the BIG day were crazy for me! We had some weather scares (thankfully it was only windy and not rainy!) and I ended up whipping up her cake at the last-minute. No wedding is without snags, and all things considered the wedding turned out beautifully, albeit a  little bit cold!

The best view of the ceremony location! The wind was so strong at one point I had to hold onto the end of her veil to keep it from going crazy!

Mr. B and me at the reception

After the wedding was over, the Bridesmaids all stayed the night at the venue, while the newlyweds headed to a hotel. The next day we all got up, to clean and enjoy a great football game. The Bucs were playing the Chargers, so I was the odd man out and, coincidentally, the only one who thought it was a “great” game.

After the game, I headed home to start packing. Along with everything else that has gone on in the 1.5 months since our wedding, Mr. B and I can add officially becoming homeowners to the list! I spent the next week packing so we could move this past weekend. And even though our new house is still full of boxes and stuff to be sorted, organized and put away, I am SO looking forward to having almost a full month of no urgent/expensive/crazy plans.

I’ve been so busy I haven’t even had time to dwell on the fact that I haven’t gotten the photos from the wedding! But thankfully, they are now in the mail and I should have them any day! So after my last few planning posts, the Buffalo recaps can officially begin!

Do you have a lot planned for the weeks immediately following your wedding? Or are you looking forward to some peace, quiet and relaxation? (If so, I’m SO jealous!)

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Photobooths!

The one thing that Mr. B REALLY wanted for our wedding was a photo booth. Now he didn’t ask for a lot, but initially, it just wasn’t in the budget. Then one day, a few months into planning, BM K called to tell me to check Groupon because there was a promo for Photo booth rentals! Now, at that point, I had never actually purchased a Groupon. While it was a GREAT deal, I was more than a little paranoid that I would pay the money up front and then my date wouldn’t be available! (I clearly did not understand the Groupon return policy at that point either). So I called the company first to inquire if my date was even an option. Boy am I glad I did, too! The owner, Kevin, told me that my day was, in fact, available, but that if it was OK with me, he’d rather honor the Groupon pricing but have us book directly through him. By reserving them that way, I simply had to put down a $100 deposit, and I felt much better then having to worry about going through Groupon. Mr. B and I were so excited that we would be able to have awesome photos of our guests with fun props at a great price, and I was happy that Mr. B was able to get the main thing he wanted all along.

A few weeks after booking our photo booth, Kevin called me back to tell me that one of their booths had been damaged, and was not insured leaving them down a booth. He said they would be unable to work our wedding, but had talked to another company and they were available and willing to take over our booking. Since I had paid our $100 deposit, and the company he would be transferring us to required a $200 deposit, he offered to pay the difference of $100 for the inconvenience. Since we were already planning on the photo booth, and the new company’s pricing wasn’t too far off from what we were originally planning to pay when the extra $100 was factored in, we graciously accepted this offer and transferred our booking to Sterling Photobooths.

Now, originally, my Supervisor at work had ALSO booked with the original company, only she had purchased the rental through Groupon. While Kevin had graciously offered to help us get set-up with another company since we had booked through him, she was offered no such deal. He had told her she would have to seek a refund through Groupon, and since her wedding was a LOT sooner than ours was, she was NOT very happy. Eventually, it all worked out for her in the end, too, but there was definitely a rough couple weeks while it was all getting figured out.

Did you take advantage of any Groupons while planning your wedding? Did they work out in the end, or did you run into any issues along the way?

Our Little Secret

OK, in retrospect, what seemed like “our little secret” in the last month before the wedding, was in fact quite a big secret. Also, while this is the first time I will be revealing it to the hive, I will say I suck at secrets in real life, and am a horrendous liar, so it didn’t stay a complete secret very long at all.

The Monday before our joint Bachelorette, I woke up Mr. B rather abruptly to shove a surprise in his face. I was so overjoyed, I could barely contain my excitement. Being completely asleep, it was difficult for him to immediately share in my excitement. Of course if you had this shoved in your face at 5:30am in the dark, you would probably be confused, too.

Yep, that’s right my friends, Mr. B and I are expecting a Baby Buffalo!

Now, this wasn’t completely a surprise, and as excited as we were, finding out 4 days before Bachelorette weekend wasn’t exactly GREAT timing! Mostly because (and I’m not sure if you’ve noticed) I’m a “let’s look at the worst case scenario first” type person. And personally, I’d always planned on keeping it a COMPLETE secret for 12 weeks! I spent 4 days worrying about how I would manage to keep anyone from noticing that I wasn’t drinking! Thankfully, I’m not a huge drinker ANYWAYS, so I had that in my favor, but it’s a BACHELORETTE party, and while no one expected me to get plastered, I knew they’d expect me to at least enjoy a few drinks. I know some of you may be thinking it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I told people, but since it was a JOINT Bachelorette party, I felt like it would be selfish of me to tell everyone and shift focus away from the fact that MOH S and I were BOTH getting married. So I planned to keep my mouth shut. Only that’s something easier said than done in my case! I came to the boards in search of advice on how to disguise it and got some great ideas! I think the ONLY reason I lasted almost the ENTIRE weekend without anyone noticing was that I had let BM K (who was also expecting) in on the secret, and she bought me virgin drinks! No one seemed to notice that I wasn’t drinking, since I APPEARED to be drinking! The bridal shower was pretty easy too, and of course by that time MOH S & the other bridesmaids were in on the secret, too.

The wedding flew by so fast, and thankfully the people we spent the most time with were in on it, and therefore it wasn’t as stressful to keep the secret as it could have been. Once we were safely past the 12 week mark, we let our parents (and eventually, everyone) in on our little secret, and we couldn’t be happier! Looking back though, it definitely added a lot more stress (and fatigue) to all those projects I saved for the last-minute (I’m such a procrastinator).

Did anything exciting happen to you in the last couple months of planning that caused you to re-evaluate your planning approach? Was it all worth it in the end like it was for us?

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